Joe Biden has been named as the President elect of the United States of America, beating his opponent, sitting US President Donald Trump, to the top job. While the final poll results from across America are still officially being counted, it's been projected by numerous outlets that Biden and the Democrats have won the key battleground of Pennsylvania, taking him over the 270 electoral college vote mark he needed to be declared leader.
Donald Trump has continually made unsubstantiated claims of fraud in regards to the election, and is now set to challenge the outcome in several swing states.
On Tuesday 3 November 2020, American citizens took to the polls to have their say on who they wanted to lead their country for the next four years. They were deciding between Republican nominee and existing President Donald Trump and his running mate, Vice President Mike Pence, or Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, and the Democrats came out on top.
Speaking last night, before he clinched the lead in Pennsylvania, Biden appeared confident but not definitive about the final results. "We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet but the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story. We’re going to win this race," he said from Delaware.
The results of the election have been delayed for days, after the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased the number of postal votes submitted. With different states having different rules on when they could start counting mail-in ballots, the process has taken longer than normal, and the world has been on the edge of their seats waiting for the outcome.
Assuming all projections are accurate - and the Republican claims of fraud do not go on to be validated - Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will officially enter the White House on inauguration day. It will take place on Wednesday 20 January, 2021 and will likely look very different to the 2017 celebration, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden's children, 50-year-old Hunter (who he shared with his late wife, Neilia Hunter) and 39-year-old Ashley (who he had with Jill) will not be moving into the White House, on account of them being fully grown adults with lives and families of their own.
Congratulations to Joe Biden. Now let's look forward to seeing what the next four years have in store.
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